Make Passion Week a meaningful time of
prayer and reflection
This week we remember the most important week in the life of the most important person who ever lived.* Many Christians around the world call it “Passion Week.” Stretching from Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem to His resurrection from the dead, this week stands at the center of all human history. Every human life is defined by it. The destiny of every person is determined by it.
In spite of its significance far too many of us treat Passion Week as we would any other week. Perhaps that’s because the date of Resurrection Sunday changes each year. Or perhaps it’s because we don’t celebrate Easter with the exchange of gifts that defines Christmas. Whatever the reason for our neglect in the past, let’s change that this year. Let’s make Passion Week a meaningful time of reflection and prayer that takes us deeply into the suffering of our Lord and the glory of His victory over sin and death. To do that, I invite you to join me in a guided reading from passages found in chapters 12-20 of John’s Gospel.
Let me encourage you to set aside time each day to carefully read and reflect on the passages listed below. For each passage I have highlighted a phrase that captures an important truth for us to consider. Imagine yourself in each scene that John describes. Think about the people who were present in the scene and reflect on the significance of the highlighted statement to each of them. Then ask yourself: How does that statement impact my life today?
Sunday, April 9
John 12: 12-19
“Look how the whole world has gone after him.”
Monday, April 10
John 12: 20-36
“Sir, we would like to see Jesus.”
Tuesday, April 11
“For they loved human praise more than praise from God.”
Wednesday, April 12
“Whoever believes in me . . . believes in the one who sent me.”
Thursday, April 13
“Having loved his own . . . he loved them to the end.”
Friday, April 14
John 19: 16-37
“It is finished.”
Saturday, April 15
“. . . they laid Jesus there.”
Sunday, April 16
“I have seen the Lord!”
There is no greater truth for the Christian than the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. John Piper sums it up well, “The best news of the Christian gospel is that the supremely glorious Creator of the universe has acted in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection to remove every obstacle between us and himself so that we may find everlasting joy in seeing and savoring his infinite beauty.” Amen!
*Andreas J. Köstenberger and Justin Taylor, The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014).